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o/t: the Happy New Year Blogathon

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 19, 2017

Over at MovieMovieBlogBlog, Steve has just announced the Happy New Year Blogathon, and guess what? Just recently I watched 1947’s Repeat Performance, a fantasy/noir crossover that’s intimately concerned with New Year’s Eve. So you can predict with some confidence which movie I̵ read more

After Dark (1933)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 18, 2017

UK / 44 minutes / bw / Fox British Pictures Dir & Pr: Albert Parker Scr: R.J. Davis, J. Jefferson Farjeon Story: After Dark (1932 play) by J. Jefferson Farjeon Cine: Geoffrey Faithfull Cast: Horace Hodges, Hugh Williams, George Barraud, Ian Fleming, Gretha Hansen, Henry Oscar, Pollie Emery, Arth read more

Fièvre (1921)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 11, 2017

France / 43 minutes / bw silent / Alhambra, Jupiter Dir & Scr: Louis Delluc Cine: Alphonse Gibory, Georges Lucas Cast: Eve Francis, Gaston Modot, Solange Rugiens, Léon Moussinac, Edmond Van Daële, Elena Sagrary, Gine Avril, Yvonne Aurel, George Footit, A.F. Brunelle, L.V. de Malte, Lili Samuel, read more

Mr. Reeder in Room 13 (1938)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 4, 2017

vt Mystery of Room 13 UK / 67 minutes / bw / British National, Associated British Picture Corporation Dir: Norman Lee Pr: John Corfield Scr: Elizabeth Meehan, Victor Kendall, Doreen Montgomery Story: Room 13 (1924) by Edgar Wallace Cine: Eric Cross Cast: Gibb McLaughlin, Sara Seegar, Peter Murray-Hi read more

o/t: leisure reading during October

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Oct 31, 2017

A reasonable crop of books read during October, especially since I was mostly working my socks off through three of the month’s weeks and, for the fourth, was entertaining my darling daughter and grandson on an all too rare visit. I grow misty-eyed every time I think about how long it might be read more

Bait (1949)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Oct 28, 2017

UK / 68 minutes / bw / Advance, Adelphi Dir & Pr: Frank Richardson Scr: Mary Benedetta, Francis Miller Story: Bait (n.d.; play) by Frank Richardson Cine: Ernest Palmer Cast: Diana Napier, John Bentley, John Oxford, Patricia Owen (i.e., Patricia Owens), Kenneth Hyde, Sheila Robins, Willoughby God read more

King of the Damned (1935)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Oct 21, 2017

UK / 74 minutes / bw / Gaumont–British Dir: Walter Forde Pr: Michael Balcon Scr: A.R. Rawlinson, Charles Bennett, Sidney Gilliatt Story: King of the Damned (1934 play) by John Chancellor Cine: Bernard Knowles Cast: Conrad Veidt, Helen Vinson, Noah Beery, Cecil Ramage, Edmund Willard, Percy Parsons, read more

o/t: Crepúsculo (1945; vt Twilight)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Oct 15, 2017

***A splendid piece by Theresa/CineMaven on an important Mexican movie of noirish interest — hurry and read the rest! CineMaven's ESSAYS from the COUCH Since 2014 Once Upon A Screen’s Citizen Screen has been celebrating the contributions of the Latino community in classic films with her read more

For the Defense (1930)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Oct 14, 2017

US / 63 minutes / bw / Paramount Dir: John Cromwell Scr: Oliver H.P. Garrett Story: Charles Furthmann Cine: Charles Lang Cast: William Powell, Kay Francis, Scott Kolk, William B. Davidson, Thomas E. Jackson, Harry Walker, James Finlayson, Charles West, Bertram Marburgh, Ernie Adams, John Elliott, Sy read more

Dangerous Afternoon (1961)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Oct 7, 2017

UK / 59 minutes / bw / Theatrecraft, British Lion Dir: Charles Saunders Pr: Guido Coen Scr: Brandon Fleming Story: Dangerous Afternoon (1951 play) by Gerald Anstruther Cine: Geoffrey Faithfull Cast: Ruth Dunning, Nora Nicholson, Joanna Dunham, Howard Pays, Gladys Henson, Ian Colin, Jerold Wells, May read more

o/t: September’s leisure reading

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Sep 30, 2017

Only a few books read this past month, the numerical paucity being due to the fact that one of them was extremely long and another (an omnibus of three long novels) was positively gargantuan. Links are as always to my Goodreads notes.   Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Yo read more

Common Law Wife (1963)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Sep 30, 2017

US / 76 minutes / bw / Texas Film Producers, Cinema Distributors of America Dir: Eric Sayers, Larry Buchanan (uncredited) Pr: Fred A. Kadane Scr: Grace Nolen Cast: Anne MacAdams (i.e., Annabelle Weenick), George Edgely, Max Anderson, Lacey Kelly, Bert Masters, Libby Booth, Norman Smith, Dale Berry. read more

o/t: Twin Peaks (1990-91 & 2017)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Sep 28, 2017

***The splendid movies (and more) site Wonders in the Dark has recently been running a highly ambitious “countdown” of essays about the greatest TV, and yesterday saw this reach its penultimate posting. Although Twin Peaks was/is not directly noir, it does, like almost all of Lynch’ read more

Lights Out (2013)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Sep 23, 2017

Sweden / 2½ minutes / color / David Sandberg Dir & Pr & Scr & Cine: David Sandberg Cast: Lotta Losten. Many, many years ago I read the complete ghost stories of M.R. James in a single splurge—I was in bed with some minor illness. Aside from scaring myself near-senseless, I learnt someth read more

o/t: Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Sep 21, 2017

Here’s a forthcoming movie that couldn’t be further away from film noir: a feature-length documentary about the great astronomical artist (and so much more) Chesley Bonestell. I’ve adored Bonestell’s work since childhood, and quite a few years back was privileged to be the ed read more

Laguna (2001)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Sep 16, 2017

vt Segreti di Famiglia; vt Hotel Laguna; vt Vendetta UK, Italy, France / 92 minutes / color / Metropolitan, Davis, Caimano, ReteItalia, FDC (Laguna) Dir: Dennis Berry Pr: Augusto Caminito, Samuel Hadida, Alan Latham Scr: Augusto Caminito, Claude Harz, David Linter Story: Augusto Caminito Cine: Rober read more

Indestructible Man (1956)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Sep 9, 2017

US / 71 minutes / bw / CGK, Allied Artists Dir & Pr: Jack Pollexfen Scr: Vy Russell, Sue Bradford Cine: John Russell Jr Cast: Lon Chaney (i.e., Lon Chaney Jr), Casey Adams (i.e., Max Showalter), Marion Carr (i.e., Marian Carr), Ross Elliott, Stuart Randall, Kenneth Terrell, Robert Foulk, Marjori read more

o/t: leisure reading in August

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Sep 2, 2017

I’ve gotten out of the habit of reading long books, which means they tend to accumulate unread on the shelves, so this month I decided to revisit the fabled Halls of Stonkerdom and tackle a couple of really long ones, plus another that was getting there in terms of wordcount. I’ll be doi read more

o/t: Janis Ian’s Annual Pearl Foundation sale starts today!

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 26, 2017

It’s a great cause, she’s a great person, and there are always great bargains to be had! Here’s the info in her own words:   Come one, come all! Our once a year sale will start this Saturday, August 26th at 12:00 noon (CST). Be sure to visit the Janis Ian Store on Saturday, as read more

o/t: a brief hiatus

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 19, 2017

I’m working hell-for-leather to get the current book completed for Publisher A by the end of the month, Publisher B wants a couple of book proposals out of me as soon as I’ve delivered Publisher A’s book, and a couple of days ago Publisher C turned up out of the blue wanting me to read more
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